Open 50 project to raise the profile of employment for people with disabilities

Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Caroline Ball from Louisburgh, an employee at O’Cee’s Coffee Shop in Westport, pictured with (from left) Margaret O’Halloran, employment development officer at the IASE; Noel Kavanagh, MD at the Kavanagh Group; Caroline Ball; and Michael Ring, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

A Mayo based employment and disability organisation has launched an ambitious project to encourage 50 Irish employers to commit to offering one job to a person with disability by April 2015.

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Turf gifts are a hit for Greenway entrepreneur

Mon, Dec 15, 2014

A Mayo entrepreneur is busy flying sods of turf around the world.

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Portwest celebrates 110 years of history, heritage and business

Fri, Dec 12, 2014

Portwest celebrate 110 years in business. Owen Hughes, Henry Hughes, Cathal Hughes and Harry Hughes mark 110 years in business at Hotel Westport. Photo: Michael McLaughlin.

Founded in 1904, Irish company Portwest celebrated 110 years in business last month. The family-run business has been based in Westport for over a century where the now global company is discreetly run by a trio of brothers, Cathal, Harry and Owen Hughes. Throughout their 110 years, they have become one of Europe’s most trusted name in work-wear, personal protective equipment, safety footwear and leisurewear.

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How to Protect my Idea – Inc60 meeting

Fri, Dec 12, 2014

How to Protect my Idea will be the topic for the final Inc60 network meeting for 2014. This session will take place on Friday next December 19 at 9.30am at the GMIT Innovation Hub in Castlebar.

Before launching a new product it is important to know how to protect this new idea if you want to commercialise it successfully and to ensure your not infringing on anyone else's Intellectual Property (IP). Cathal Lane, Patent Attorney with Tomkins will talk about common pitfalls to avoid and the fundamentals of IP systems. This short talk will be followed by a Questions and Answers Session. Inc60 is a fresh new gathering for businesses and all in just 60 minutes. Its run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. If you own a business or are thinking of setting one up then Inc60 is for you.

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Retail sector hoping for a very merry Christmas

Mon, Dec 08, 2014

Mayo retailer Carraig Donn has opened four new stores over the last two months.

A new report from Retail Ireland says the sector looks set to record its best Christmas shopping season in five years with Irish consumers expected to spend more than €4 billion on festive cheer and gifts in the coming weeks.

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Brewer by the Deel tapping into growing craft beer trend

Mon, Dec 08, 2014

Microbrewer Marcus Robinson at the launch of the Reel Deel’s first ale, Irish Blonde, in Crossmolina last weekend. Photo: Corinne Beattie.

A Crossmolina master brewer, whose craft beer Irish Blonde is going down a storm in local bars and in trendy night spots in the country’s capital, hopes to create seven jobs in the town over the next three years.

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Novel new Castlebar business creates personalised books for children

Mon, Dec 08, 2014

Eoin Heverin says his new story books are sure to encourage more children to develop a love for reading, just like his niece Lauren, pictured here enjoying her own personalised book.

Local designer Eoin Heverin has launched a novel new business, creating beautifully printed, written, and designed children’s books that are sure to encourage more young readers to pick up a book.

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Internet entrepreneur urges shoppers to buy local online

Mon, Dec 08, 2014

Founders of Trafficattic Sophia and Brendan McHugh.

The Castlebar founder of an online retail website has called on Mayo people to try to support Irish businesses and jobs this Christmas when they shop on the internet.

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Daybreak Ballina named Forecourt Store of the Year

Fri, Dec 05, 2014

Daybreak Ballina has been named Daybreak Forecourt Store of the Year. The store, which is owned and managed by Eamonn and Rowena Judge, scooped the accolade at Daybreak’s annual Store of the Year awards at Killashee House Hotel held at the end of November. The awards recognise retail excellence across Daybreak outlets nationwide. Located on the Sligo Road, Daybreak Ballina employs 12 people and was one of 15 retailers shortlisted at this year’s awards, beating off stiff competition from stores around Ireland to win the accolade.

Daybreak is Ireland’s fastest growing convenience group with 220 stores nationwide, 20 of which opened in 2014. All stores are independently owned by local retailers ensuring that each outlet can respond to the everyday needs of its local community.

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Local business takes part in BOI’s Enterprise Week

Fri, Dec 05, 2014

Alan Heaney owner and founder of Farmofy who took part in Bank of Ireland’s eleventh National Enterprise Week

Alan Heaney, owner and founder of Farmofy, was one of the participants at Bank of Ireland’s 11th National Enterprise Week run from Friday November 14 to Friday November 21. The theme of the week was “Let’s Connect”, with the bank focusing on supporting Ireland’s SMEs, start-ups, and the agri sector to help foster business growth and development in the Irish economy. Heaney is from Killasser in Mayo and has designed Cow Call, a unique mobile technology that alerts farmers when a cow is about to give birth. The device alerts farmers as soon as a cow goes into labour and can be synchronised with up to five phones.

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Taoiseach opens Lafferty Group's new Westport Headquarters

Fri, Dec 05, 2014

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny opened the Lafferty Group's new offices in Westport where 19 people are currently employed earlier this week.

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St Colman’s BNI celebrate gold pin member

Fri, Dec 05, 2014

St Colman’s BNI Chapter recently celebrated the success of one of its members, Emily Fleming of KF Accountants, who was awarded a gold BNI pin celebrating her five years of BNI membership, and the enormous contribution to the success of local businesses from Sandra Hart, executive director of BNI Ireland South and West.

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